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Kate Ferguson

Food sensitivity testimonial
Symptoms: IBS/Digestive Issues
Food Reactions: cow's milk, gluten, oats, potato

“The test has helped me gain back control of my body”


Food sensitivity testimonial



32-year-old Photographer, Kate Ferguson, was constantly feeling unwell after eating meals and commonly experienced digestive issues. Kate had experienced these symptoms throughout her whole adult life and claimed that these symptoms had gotten increasingly worse as she got older. When asked about how these symptoms affected her day-to-day life, Kate added: “bloating and abdominal pain frequently made me incredibly stressed and feeling down”.

“Sometimes my symptoms would prevent me from partaking in social events, or even simple daily activities such as walking my dog, exercising at the gym or even playing with my little boy.”

We asked Kate what solutions she had previously tried before trying YorkTest, she told us: “To say that I had tried everything was an understatement. I had tried everything from supplements to acupuncture, to diet plans to hypnotherapy”.

“I had been to see a GP and specialists a handful of times and the answer was always the same, that IBS is notoriously difficult to treat. On occasions, I had been given IBS medication and had some investigative procedures done (e.g. colonoscopy)”.

After another period of nasty digestive issues and an unsuccessful low FODMAP diet, Kate decided it was time to find out if there were any dietary triggers. After hearing about YorkTest through a family

Kate then purchased the Premium Food Intolerance Test, with her results indicating that her body was reacting to cow’s milk, which came as no surprise. However, Kates’s results revealed some more surprising results, including a reaction to oats and rice as well as potato and wheat closely behind. We asked Katie how she felt after removing these trigger foods, “Removing the foods helped alleviate some of the symptoms caused by my diet. It also gave me the knowledge and understanding of how much of that food was too much and how much was tolerated by my gut.”

The Premium Food Intolerance* Test analyses your IgG reactions to over 200 food and drinks – from common ingredients like Cow’s Milk, Gluten and Egg, to health superfoods like kale and quinoa.

The process involves sending a finger-prick blood sample back to YorkTest, Kate then received her results within 7-days through the Wellness Hub, in an easy-to-read traffic light-based format.

Eliminating the trigger foods and sticking to her diet plan has helped clear Kate’s symptoms and improve her confidence. When asked about her nutritional consultation, Kate was very happy: “This was hugely helpful, even from the point of someone validating how you have been feeling. Sometimes you can feel like you are going mad or making it up in your head. To have knowledgeable professional listen and offer advice helped me realise it is so common and I am not alone.”

When asked how life had changed since taking the test and how she would summarise her experience, Kate concluded: “The test has helped me gain back control of my body, rather than being reactive to symptoms I now have the knowledge and tools at my disposal to give myself the best chance of a normal day to day life”.

“We all have to eat to stay alive, feeling the stress of not knowing which next bit of food might make you sick is not only stressful debilitating, and depressing. The more information you can have at your disposal, the more power you can take back over your life. YorkTest offers not only the information and factual results but also effective solutions to your problems.”